Puglia Coastal Cycle

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Puglia in south eastern Italy encompasses the heel of Italy’s boot and is bordered by the sea on two sides (the Adriatic Sea in the east and the Ionian Sea to the southeast). The region is characterised by endless olive groves, long fields of grain and vineyards. This cycle tour delves into this region of scenic beauty, which is still unspoiled and retains a rich cultural legacy. This circuit route follows both the Ionian and Adriatic coasts from Lecce, often referred to as the Florence of the south. This is an ideal holiday for those short on time, seeking the less known pockets of Italy with all the coastal highlights of Puglia. Staying in atmospheric hotels ensures you gain a full appreciation of this special region.

Trip highlights

  • Cycling along the Ionian and Adriatic coasts
  • Staying overnight in atmospheric hotels
  • Discovering the ancient cities of Gallipoli and Leece
  • Enjoying the local delicacies including olive oil, fresh vegetables and wine
  • Exploring the Puglia region which is largely unspoiled by tourism


Day 1 Arrive Lecce

Make your own way to Lecce today and check-in to the first hotel. Thanks to its Baroque style, Lecce has earned the nickname of “Florence of the South”. Appreciate the rich sculpted motives from the 17th century made with the tender stone from Lecce. The old town, enclosed by what is left of the ancient walls, bears the impression of that exuberant period.

Day 2 Cycle to the Ionian coast and Gallipoli (50km/31mi)

The cycle begins by heading deep into the “Salentinian countryside” before approaching the Ionian coast and your destination for today, Gallipoli. An ancient Greek city, it is a fishing town divided into two parts: the new town and the old town, which is connected by a 17th century bridge to the mainland. Elevation +70m/230ft

Day 3 Continue along the coast to Santa Maria di Leuca (50km/31mi)

Continue cycling further along the coast and you will reach Santa Maria di Leuca. The name Santa Maria di Leuca was given to this town by the ancient Greek sailors who came from the East. They say it was enlightened by the sun and therefore called it “Leukos”, meaning white. Today it is a famous seaside resort and fishing area and there is ample opportunity to swim at the beach in the afternoon. Elevation +40m/131ft

Day 4 Cycle along the Adriatic coast to Otranto (50km/31mi)

Another superb day of cycling as you follow the Adriatic coast northwards. Passing by small towns, impressive grottoes, inlets for swimming and small cafes, you soon arrive at Otranto, the most eastern point of Italy where you can visit the beautiful Cathedral and the great Aragonese Castle. Elevation +480m/1575ft

Day 5 Cycle to Lecce along the Alimini Lakes (55km/34mi)

Today’s cycle will take you along the Alimini Lakes and their unique Mediterranean bush towards Lecce. Elevation +100m/330ft

Day 6 Trip concludes

After breakfast the trip concludes. Lecce is well connected by train with the airports of Bari and Brindisi.


What’s included

  • 5 breakfasts – varied buffet breakfasts are served in each hotel
  • 5 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • Luggage transfers
  • 27 gear bicycle rental with puncture resistant tyres, pannier, gel saddle and helmet
  • digital information pack including route notes, maps, navigational App (can be used offline), GPS Tracks and travel guide per room booked
  • Emergency hotline
  • Welcome briefing


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